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terrorists hijacked four commercial planes and attacked the u.s. lower man families gathered at zuccotti park adjacent to ground zero. >> carl francis. >> chael a. -- >> reporter: as has now become tradition the names of victims were read one by one. the pain and emotions of that day still difficult to revisit nine years later. four moments of silence marked the times each plane hit and each tower fell. vice preside joe biden and his wife dr. jill biden attended the fremony, along with city and state leaders and first responders. and again,in ceremonies continu here in new york and will throughout the day along side some of those rallies that will also be protesting the islamic center. tonight, alex, a tribute in light returns, another tradition. two beams of light illuminating the sky and symbolizing where towers once stood. >> a wonderful traditn that is ry poignant. many people look forward to it every year. as is the peeling of the bells behind you trthere. that is trinity churchr, right? >> trinity church behind us, yes. still standing nine years later as it was after the 9/11 attacks. >
the mosque there. and, of course, muslims do not want us to burn the koran. the imam has agreed to move the mosque. we have agreed to cancel our event on saturday. and on saturday, i will be flying up there to meet with him. >> all right, all right. time-out. folks, you can't believe a word this guy is saying. he's been shooting from the hip for days now. now, right now, nbc news is reporteding that there is no deal with the new york imam to move the cultural center away from where it was proposed here in manhattan. what's infuriating, really infuriating about all of this is that this -- the world basically has been held hostage by this pastor jones, a small-time lunatic zealot. this nut has gotten the president of the united states, the state department, the pentagon, the fbi, general petraeus, hillary clinton and interpol. it doesn't get any higher than that, does it? we have to really put this in perspective. this is an unparalleled example in my opinion in the information age of how a fly on the wall can suck the air out of the room to the point where the president of the united sta
money that you've got. come on. you are making this too easy. that does it for us tonigh we will see you again tomorrow night. for us tonight. >>> there's lots to add to what you've seen on our show. "the ed show" is up next. good night. >>> good evening, americans. welcome to "the ed show." tonight from new york, these stories on the table. and hitting my hot buttons at this hour. breaking news, the psychopastor in florida says he's canceled his plan to burn the koran. but the story is far from over. he's claiming he's cut a deal to move the so-called ground zero mosque in new york. folks, you can't believe a word this guy says. my commentary on that, plus rapid fire response all coming up. >>> democrats, i want you to pay attention and listen carefully to how governor ed rendell of pennsylvania has been hammering the republicans. he just said we can't turn our country over to the "froot loops and crazies." i kind of love that kind of talk. he'll bring the straight talk here in the bottom of the hour. >>> and glenn beck and sarah palin are restoring dishonor in my opinion t
" for now. thanks for being with us. countdown with keith olbermann starts now. >>> which of these stories will you be talking about tomorrow? going out with a whim per, not a burn. the threat of the burning of the koran equates with afghanistan. the president hits several high notes. >> part of my concern is to make sure we don't start having a whole bunch of folks all across the country think this is the way to get attention. >> blowing the whistle on the gop's perpetual stall on every remedy, on every reform, on every relief. retiring republican ohio senator george voinovich will back obama's small business proposals. we don't have time for messaging, we don't have time anymore. this country is really hurting. >> what i've got is the republicans holding middle class tax relief hostage because they're insisting we've got to give tax relief to millionaires and billionaires. >> don't ask, don't tell, unconstitutional because of a lawsuit filed by republicans. the form of irony, but still a hoot. our guest, lieutenant dan choy. worse, suspected from school because his eyes were bloodshot, o
us with more. >>> the first sign of hope from iran that at least one of those young american hikers might be freed after a year in a tehran jail. >>> and today i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. >>> the fbi just met with pastor terry jones, but despite widespread condemnation, worldwide condemnation and condemnation from the white house, the u.s. military, the state department, there is no sign yet that he is backing down from his plan to burn 200 copies of the holy koran. >> our burning of the koran is to call the attention that something is wrong. something is wrong. it is possibly time for us in a new way to actually stand up, confront terrorism. there is something very much wrong with our policies. >> nbc's kerry sanders is live outside the dove world outreach center in gainesville, florida. kerry, pastor jones told you this is not a stunt. and now we have the president saying it is. what's the reaction in gainesville as all of this is approaching? >> well, outside of this pasteur here, we're right next to a cow pasteur, outside the community there is a fair amount of anger
, and so the voter is putting the best possible face on their vote here, so why -- they tell us that the bush policies were unpopular. in fact, it is the second most unpopular attitude for a congressional candidate to have. >> so they are being optimistic, a rosy scenario of republicanism. >> correct. it's the same thing that barack obama benefited from in 2008. >> wow. >> people put the most positive -- independents thought he's going to be a moderate. liberals thought he would be the great liberal. they became the hope candidate and many ways this idea of a new republican congress, voters are being hopeful, even if they haven't seen any hard evidence to prove it otherwise. >> you know, chuck, it's like one of those old santa claus masks that used to be in the store windows that always seemed to be looking at you, you know, when you're walking by. that guy is with me. >> give me that toy. >> john heilemann, the same question to you. do you take the same view that when people, voters are saying, oh, they are not going back to their old ways. they have whole new republican approa
. it's quite obvious it's not just the islamic world that is concerned about this. theç u.s. military leaders are concerned enough they have raised the ante by speaking about it, pulling off the effort here by addressing it. their concerns is when the korans are burned it may cause americans in uniform danger in other parts of the world. the burning of the koran is a catalyst to starting more unprovoked violence again americans in uniform. i asked the pastor here about that. what would he think, if he burned these korans and an american was targeted. this is what he had to say. >> yeah, of course. we would feel terrible. that would be a disaster. that would be beyond words. but we are not responsible for that. why don't we point the finger where it belongs. they point the finger at us. why don't we point the finger at them, the people who did it. >> will he burn the korans, that's the big question. i asked him that. he did say this was a message from god for him to burn them. perhaps he'll get another message from his god telling him not to burn them. then, of course, there's the city
the offensive against al qaeoda. >> they may seek to strike fear in us but they are no match for our resilience. we do not seccumb to fear nor will we squander the optimism that has always us as a people. >> nbc's mike viqueira is live at the white house for us. good afternoon you to, mike. earlier in the day as you know the president acknowledged it is a very difficult time for the untry but what was the message here? >> well, alex, first all, you know, not only is it a day of rembrances and commemoration but the president has declared this a daye of service as well. and to that end the president after he spoke with the pentagon went to a school, middle school here, the ron brown middle school in the rtheast quadrant of the city, and helped out for aew minutes painting a wall, help aing with renovations, and joe biden the vice president did the same or is scheduled to do the same in new york city. you're right, alex. today the president has a lot of -- a lot on his plate not only in observing 9/11 but in the context of which the 9/11 anniversary falls this year. there is the mosque controver
. >> anyone who does care about childhood obesity should join us for the bipartisan next thursday in washington. >> that's on the ball. >> mika? >> i'm going to be there. >> thank you. >> have a great weekend. what time is it? >> "morning joe." "the daily rundown" starts now. >>> this is a recruitful bonanza for al qaeda. >> the pressure building. the president weighs in on that florida pastor's plan to burn the koran. >>> 54 days before the critical midterm elections. why's the chairman of the republican party in guam? >>> get this. football great tom brady involved in what's described as a serious car accident in boston this morning. >>> it's thursday, september 9th, 2010. i'm chuck todd. savannah guthrie is on assignment. brady's accident occurred hours ago. but first, let's get to the rundown. >>> president obama came out swinging in cleveland defending the presidency and ramping up criticism of the man who would be speaker and potentially his chief adder is vary john boehner. athna jones on duty for us at the white house this morning. so, trying to find somebody to run agains
to the 2,752 victims killed when terrorists hijacked four commercial planes and attacked the u.s. in lower manhattan, 9/11 families gather at zuccotti park, adjacent toground zero. throughout the morning, as has become tradition, victims of moments l be read and of silence will be marked when each plane hit and each tower fell. at the pentagon, president obama delivers remarks and participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial site. and in shanksville, pennsylvania, where united flight 93 crashed, first lady michelle obama, along with former first lady, laura bush, attend a ceremony to honor the passengers who foughback. meanwhile, plans to rebuild at ground zero are moving forward. the centerpiece, one world trade center, is expected to be completed by 2013. but with each construction step forward,here remains a connection to the past. steel beams pulled from the ground zero rubble were permanently installed this week at the entrance of the national september 11th memorial and museum, slated to be finished in 2012. >> it is going to be a memorial that we will all be proud of and
, whether they actually believe there's a moral equivalency there or they don't and they're using it for political purposes. either way, whichever it is, this is not just bad domestic politics for the president, and it is and they know it, for a variety of reasons, including it takes him off the economy and divides him from democrats, which is a big problem on a range of issues, but i almost resist talking about this as a political issue. this is a national security crisis. both of these issues are. you have general petraeus getting involved in a domestic matter of the first amendment issue shows the extraordinary extent to which people in the military are -- men and women overseas think this is a big enough deal, and to have it to be brought into domestic politics and inflamed by republicans, again, out of principle, maybe, out of political purposes maybe, whatever the reason is really a national and international tragedy. and unfortunately the president, for a variety of reasons, is too weak on his own to deal with it. >> i think you're right. howard? >> well, sitting in the pre
. >> good evening, keith. thank you for that. thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. plenty of chaos to sort out from this day of news and not just the hardcore book burning wing nuttery chaos coming out of florida. there's also the republican senate primary now newly starring sarah palin and a tea party candidate who says that abstinence is not enough. we all must always abstain from ourselves. as well if you know what i mean and one of the most political fake campaigns and the rachel maddow staff vote for the most unhinged campaign speech and it had a lot of competition. that's coming up this hour. we begin with the extremist christian pastor in florida who was planning to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11 by burning copies of the koran. he has now changed his plans twice. pastor claimed in a press conference this afternoon he was canceling his koran burning because the imam behind the planned islam cultural center in downtown manhattan agreed to move the project away from the hollow grounds of the orlando burlington court factcy building, blocks away from the wo
to the town. describe to us what you have seen. >> people really are here with hair on their arms burned off and intense wall of heat. everyone was running for their cars and out in the streets to get a source for the fire that quickly spread. it was difficult to outrun and many people jumped in their cars and barely made it out in the nick of time. no one has been able to go back into the blast zone and everyone is unsure who made it out, who didn't make it out. there really is a bunch of confusion. folks are trying to look for answers and they are hoping to get that at the press conference that should start in a few minutes. >> miguel, thank you so much. we want to let people know we will take that news conference live when it happens. >>> florida pastor terry jones has issued a new ultimatum and the clock is ticking, literally. the man at the center of the new york mosque controversy, imam feisal was told to call them and let them know whether or not the proposed cultural center will be moved further from ground zero. here's what had he to say. >> it's crystal clear. it's 1:20 right now a
on over an hour. the term wide ranging is going to be used a lot. >> how about long-winded. >> we had a ton of topics, the first focused on the economy, one or two on the pastor, and more on the growing phobia with islam around the country. i would say he was most passionate at the end when he made a case for the right and religious freedom and for the rights of muslim americans to have the same rights as everyone else in the country. the passion he showed there was probably greater than he answered on any other question. frankly it's interesting. he mixed it. it was passionate and mixed in with patriotism in a way even some of his critics on this issue will say it was a very eloquent answer to say the least. >> in contrast to that, let's see what his passion, quote, unquote, was, when talking about stimulus and job growth. let's watch. if you want the same kind of skewed policies that led us to this crisis, republicans are ready to offer those. if you want policies that are moving us out, even though you're frustrated, change isn't happening as fast as you would like, then i think de
. this is a huge story out west. so we will keep our monitors on the video coming in to us and the live pictures and we will dip back in and out "morning joe" this morning. again, a huge explosion ripping through a san francisco neighborhood late yesterday. the fire still raging at this hour. >>> good morning, it is friday, september 10th. i'm mika brzezinski. joe is off this morning but willie is taking care of mommy this morning. with us on the set is all of these boys. national political correspondent for new york magazine, john heilemann been here for three days. >> i haven't left. i slept here. >> awkward. at some point, he'll go. but he is the co-author of "game change." donnie deutsche is here. >> hello, darling. >> you look okay. >> that -- a pause is better than an insult. it's donnie deutsche is here, that scum or something like that. >> it's all about you, donnie? everything that i do, he thinks it might just be about me somehow. it might have been an insult which really means she likes me. i like that one. >> get to the insults. >> thank you for that. >> donnie looks sharp. he either
of us here at nbc news. thanks for joining us. >>> nine years later, the nation marks the anniveary of the 9/11 attacks. but could two brewing controversies overshadow this year's events? >>> a new twist in the saga of that florida preacher o the man who says he may burn korans today is now in new york. what is he doing here? >>> more stories out this morning from people who lived to tell about that massive fire near san francisco. >>> some rays of light. new numbers suggest the economy may not be as bad as people think, but where are the jobs? >>> good morning, everyone, i'm alex whit and welcome to "msnbc saturday." and today marks nine years since the september 11th terror attacks and hundreds will gather at memorials this morning for those who lost their lives that day. special services will be held at the three sites where hijacked planes crashed in new york, washington, and pennsylvania. ut along with this year's events, there's also controversy. nbc's michelle franzen is live near the world trade center site in newth york city. michelle, with a good saturday morning to you. w
, the special forces he told us, are 100% behind us. >> this has turned into an international controversy. general david petraeus has warned that koran burn willing actually endanger troops and civilians abroad. tt vatican, secretary of constituent hillary clinton, even angelina jolie has condemned the plan. kerry sanders now from the site of the planned koran burning. >> so the church here in central florida says, chris, that they are going forward with their plan to burn the koran on the anniversary of 9/11 on saturday. it's a time when the city of gainesville will be filled with more than 90,000 additional residents coming here for a football game between the university of florida and the university of south florida down the street in tampa. so the police are not releasing what their security measures are going to be. but they have said local, state and federal, that's the department of homeland security, are involved in preparing to respond if it's needed. of course, the greatest concern is that if he and his congregation burn the koran, it might elicit violence. of course, the other
on colbert. how about that? >> good morning. on the set with us this thursday morning, national political correspondent for new york magazine john heilemann. >> hi. >> who is the author of "game change." let me just say he feels like talking this morning. >> he does. >> okay? and then we have got msnbc political analyst harold ford jr. who is the author of owner more daves than goliaths." you had a party last night. >> look at the flowers harold brought. >> it was two nights ago. those are the ones from digger. >> those are from a grave. that's right. did you ever try that? >> huh-uh. >> what digger does? he takes flowers off of graves and gives them to girls. >> my family is in the funeral business. we would call that bad form. >> maybe just a tad bit. >> that's how he got dates in college. he said he would get flowers from the funeralhome. >> okay. it's not right. >> bless his hard. >> also with us in washington msnbc political analyst pat buchanan. >> patrick! >> good morning. >> happy fall. how are you doing? >> doing just fine. >> the pat is back. >> the pat is back. >> i've missed h
, whether they were delivering a message from somewhere within the u.s. government. as i stand here right now and step out of the way and zoom down and look at the front of the church here, there's an association of pastors who have come to this area to try to meet with the minister to tell him that they believe he is wrong. that as you noted as secretary gates says this is putting americans in uniform in jeopardy, but also the pastors are concerned about missionaries and churches that have opened in countries that have freedom innocently large muslim populations. their concern, of course, is this will incite people to attack those missionaries or their churches, and that the violence will spread if there is violence. in the meantime, in an interview that i did with the pastor, i talked to him about what he thought was the most important part of why he was doing this, why burn the koran? he said he's trying to send a message to the extremists in the islamic religion who use the koran against the united states. who want to establish what is known as sharia law. you'll hear about how much h
with us. right now it's time for "the ed show" with ed schulze. >>> good evening, measures. welcome to "the ed show." tonight from minneapolis, these stories on the table and hitting my hot becomes at this hour. president obama cut through the burning questions today in his news conference and kept his eye on the ball. he's focused on jobs and not some nut job pastor down in florida. commentary on that coming up in a moment. >>> the nation's leading hate monger, newt gingrich is, recklessly comparing the psychopastor's plot to ground zero imam's motives. he was back at it on fox news this morning and beat the drum with a big speech today. the reverend barry lind was front and center with him and he'll sound off late mer in the show. >>> lizz winstead gives her take on the beckster's 9/11 event with caribou barbie. this is the story that has me fired up tonight. president obama kept his eye on the ball and focused on the bushing crisis in this country. folks, i'm not talking about burning the koran. i'm talking about jobs. the president made it very clear that he knows americans are
department has put u.s. embassies around the world on alert, ordered them to review their security before any violence against america erupts. and the fbi reportedly is collecting information about the plan to burn the koran. officials may have no power to stop it, given jones' constitutional right to free expression. president obama lambasted jones' plans with a reminder about america's fundamental beliefs. >> i just hope he understands that what he's proposing to do is completely contrary to our values as americans. >> and politicians from both ends of the spectrum slam the plan. sarah palin called it an unnecessary provocation. senator john mccain begged jones not to do it via twitter. but a group known as the agenda project has released a video accusing them of stirring out fervor with their own fight against a planned mosque near ground zero. and that fervor may be growing. the fbi is investigating vandalism at a phoenix mosque. blamed a fire in tennessee on an arsonist. hartford, connecticut was planning to allow local imams to give a muslim prayer at the start of the council meetings,
! >> hi, i'm bill o'reilly. thank you for watching us. o tonight. the usa once again under threat from the muslim world. that's the subject of the talking points. and cnn, abdu ralph is warning america that violence may break out if the ground zero mosque ir not built. >> if we don't do this right, anger good explode in the muslim world.s if this n is not handled correctly, this crisis couldecom become much bigger than the danish cartoon crisis. and wee have a much larger footprint in the muslim world. if we don't hand emthe crisis correctly, it could become something that could heal become very, very, very dangerous. >> that sounds ominous, does it not? i don't think he meant to threaten us but the warning he's broadcasting could be a self pro filling prophesy. they have whipped up folks in afghanistan, people who have know idea what the mosque controversy is all about. how do i know that? many afghans can't read, many don't have d electricity. so theon delivery of news in tht nation is in the hands of the prop beganna. and he may now understand that. >> if i knew this would happen,i
. >> again, thank you for telling the world about kyler and us, too. >> thank you so much for having me. >> that's september 7th the 2,786th day since president bush declared mission in iraq. and the 141st day of the deepwater horizon disaster in the gulf. i'm keith olbermann. good night and good luck. and now to discuss why republicans aren't endorsing other republicans ladies and gentlemen here is rachel maddow. good evening. >>> thank you. and thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. happy day after labor day, everybody. as the day after labor day, today is officially two things. it is the first day on which it is no longer okay to wear white. i'm talking to you. yes, i can see you. it's also this. >> unofficial end of summer means the 2010 campaign season is now in full swing. >> campaign season kicking into high gear today with the arrival of labor day. >> labor day typically marks the unofficial kickoff of the mid-term campaign season. >> labor day of course signals the official start of the campaign season. >> welcome to the beginning of the fall campaign seas
] >> you work for us. >> bill: and the naacp says it's now going to monitor the tea party for racist activities. we'll talk with the spokesman for that civil rights group. caution, you are about to enter the no spin zone. the factor begins right now. ♪ i'm bill o'reilly, thank you for watching us tonight. the u.s.a. once again under threat from the muslim world. that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. speaking on cnn, imam fiesel, abdul is warning that the violence may break out if the ground zero mosque is not built. >> if we don't do this right, anger will explode in the muslim world. if it is not handled correctly, this crisis could become much bigger than the danish cartoon crisis, which resulted in a attacks on danish embassies and muslim world and we have a much larger footprint in the muslim world. if we don't handle this crisis correctly, it could become something which could really become very, very, very, very dangerous. >> the warning is he broad broadcasting could be a self-fulfilling prophecy. already anti-muslim agitators whipped up in afghanistan.
member and kill american soldiers. the u.s. miletitary is so upset about this that the game has been banned from being. sold on most u.s. army bases. the good news i is here's a situation in which america cou have a decisive victory over the taliban. too bad it's just a game. things to all of yo for being part of my program this week. i will see you next week. stay tuned for "reliable sources. >>> the magnifying power of the media is a powerful tool and can also be a dangerous weapon. how did one cookie pastor's plans to burn a bunch of korans beco an international sensation? why did journalists fan the flames of anti-muslim hatred by playing up the bizarre antics of terry jones? should he have been on every morning show. >>> the president meets the thpress -- he head do more of that, you know, but can't escape questions about the koran burning and more in manhattan. >>> and cnn and piers morgan. rves as a televised why on talent shows. how much do people know about his controversial tabloid past? we'll have a fullreport. >>> and david west resigns as president of abc news after cutt
lie to me. >> that's a hard thing to put together. we're used to dealing in objective facts. how do you get the facts from a guy, pastor jones who won't even say who this man is who he talked to? who is this man who may have tricked him? >> i take it was is the imam from central florida, muhammad musry he was meeting with. but i asked him, like who were you on the phone with? no names. look, doesn't it fit in many ways the way much of this has played out in terms of i had a very long interview with pastor jones and tried to get to some very specifics with him why he wanted to burn the koran. what specifically was in the koran that was most offensive to him. and he hadn't even read the koran. he basically admitted maybe he had looked at a page but primary what he said was there's no mention of jesus christ in the koran as the savior. anybody who understands religions understands that would not be in there in the same way it's not in the tora. i said are you going to start burning the tora, he said no. a lot of this has been very confusing in terms of why he said he was doing this and
which i would prefer, if they believe there's a moral equivalency there or they don't and they're using it for political purposes. either way, whichever it is, it's not just bad domestic politics for the president, and it is for a variety of reasons including it takes him off the economy and divides the democrats on a range of issues. but i almost resist talking about this as a political issue. this is a national security crisis.f both of these issues are. you have general petraeus getting involved in that domestic matter of the first amendment issue shows the extraordinary extent to which people in the military are -- men and women overseas think this is a big deal. and to have it to be brought into domestic politics and inflamed by republicans, again, out of principle, maybe, out of political purposes maybe, whatever the reason is really a national and international tragedy. and unfortunately the president, foa variety of reasons, is too weak on his own to deal with it. >> i think you're right. >> this is so rare to say here's my religious faith, i have to put it out as a shield. here
's operated as his father's pawn. he's accusing him of conning us to elect him president. what do you make of newt, howard? >> i've been covering newt for many years. he's a bomb thrower. he's a guy who knows the weak point to attack. what's interesting to me here is he feels free to say anything at this point. it's a kind of free fire zone within the conservative movement. and newt, who's always trying tu say the most outrageous thing and that goes back many, many years, now has moved from saying outrageous things about the ethics of the house members in the democratic leadership 15, 18 years ago, to saying these thin about a man that newt himself has no evidence for what he's alleging here.te he really has absolutely none. his facts are wrong. as mr. weigepointed out on his page and i'm just really not surprised, but kind of depressed by it. >> david, you covered this kind of spiritual territory. ideological territory. he's accusing as basically a zombie. saying his father hated the british white guys. his son is kind of a zombie like figure. in fact governed by a ghost. this is the kind
rocks at passing american con voice. and there were protests in indonesia. u.s. general david petraeus has warned the anger is so intense, the pastor's actions could endanger u.s. troops in afghanistan and could actually end up helping the taliban. nbc's tom aspell is in kabul, afghanistan. what's the big concern if the pastor goes through on his threat to burn the koran? >> well, contessa, simply that afghans will react violently to it. now, general david petraeus in an e-mail in response to questions from the associated press about the affair said today, images of a koran burning would undoubtedly be used by extremists on both sides, in afghanistan and around the world to enflame public opinion and to incite violence. he went further, he said, burning of a koran would put the safety of our troops and american civilians in afghanistan at risk, and would also compromise the mission here. i think what the general is saying is that afghans are in danger of going into the streets and turning against any american military they see, any american civilians. there is precedent for unrest like
by crews? were they all in one house or elsewhere? >> police have not given us very many details about what they have found and where they have found it. as you know, there was the epicenter up on the hill about a mile and a half from where we're standing here. there was so much damage csed by the blast, investigators are trying to determine who the dead are. they've certainly identified to us three of the dead. but we know there are seven total. we're also told some six premium miss. it's been three days since the blast and there is still confusio after the blast and today still some uncertainty and a few hours here, we're expecting a news conferenceer t happen right here at this location and potentially ge an update on the number of victims and how many people investigators are still lookingo for. >> let's look for good news here. how about people being able to return to their homes to visit them and retrieve rebelongings? >> there's several hundred people still evacuated. the houses have been labelled in three different categories, green, yellow and red. greens folks will be able to retu
and good luck. join us for the live edition of "countdown" every weekend at 8:00 eastern, 5:00 pacific. be there, aloha. >> no backing down. a florida pastor sticks to plans to burn the koran despite worldwide condemnation. >>> texas thrashing, high waters. >>> and, got the moves? a new study on what women like to see in men on the dance floor. >>> good morning, i'm lynn berry. those stories and more are straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> we begin this morning with burning heat. a problematic pastor in florida is defying the nation's highest-ranking authority saying he will burn copies of the koran on september 11. with the anniversary of the terrorist attack days away, the church's leader begins it protest on what he calls the symbol of islam has become a lightning topic worldwide. >> outrageous, disgraceful, but constitutionally legal. those are some descriptions of pastor terry jones' plans to pile up koran, the muslim holy book and burn them on september 11. despite pleas, the pastor of a small church in gainesville, florida, refuses to call it off. >> we are not co
or european cities. >> nbc kerry sanders has been following this story. he joins us now from gainesville, once again this morning. kerry, there has been so much pressure from so many sides, but absolutely no turn around from the minister or his congregation at this point. >> none. and point out it's a very small congregation, at most, 50. out here in this field which borders a cow pasture and there you see the church in the background, but terry jones, the pastor, says he is not backing down unless he gets a message from his god telling him not to do this. he's gone a little bit further now in talking with "usa today" telling a reporter from "usa today" that if he were to get direct contact from the white house, from the pentagon or the state department, then he might reconsider. he says he's burning the koran to send a message to the extremists within the muslim religion. he says that he's offended by certain aspects of what is in the koran. so, i asked him directly, what was it about the teachings of islam that offend him so much? here's a little bit of that exchange. >> i have only read par
went and sat down with him. and he tried to convince us how we needed to get behind the party. and how we needed to get behind a candidate that was electable. what i really want to do is tell you folks how to work with a candidate and how to get things done. and i said, sir, with all due respect, no one is going to tell us how to take care of business. >> we're not going to do what you say anymore, carl. this morning it was limbaugh's turn to freak out. >> i've never heard karl so animated against a democrat as he was against christine o'donnell last night. you want to talk about christine o'donnell's baggage? where is this criticism of democrats? where has it been? if 51 seats was really the objective, if getting that majority is really that important, then lets go balls to the wall for christine o'donnell. >> happy thoughts, happy thoughts, happy thoughts. this morning, christine o'donnell swung back at rove and turned to the unsmooth unfactual word to refudiate rove's charges. >> everything he's saying is unfactual, and it's a shame because he's the same so-called political guru tha
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